12th August 2005
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Local Democracy Week

Local Democracy Week (LDW) 2005 will be taking place between the 17th and 21st October. LDW is a national campaign organised by the LGA which aims to encourage people to engage in the democratic process. Active citizenship and social cohesion are seen as fundamental elements of a vibrant and productive society. Communities within Warwickshire are made up of individuals with a wealth of knowledge, skills and enthusiasm and it is the aim of LDW05 to make good use of these resources by getting people to become active within their communities.

For LDW05, Warwickshire County Council's theme is 'active citizenship'. Through this theme we are seeking to encourage people of all ages and backgrounds to engage in the democratic process in its broadest sense and to work towards improving the general well-being of the communities in which they live. To assist in this process and in recognition of the link between employment and inclusion we hope to work with employers within the county to convey this message to their staff.

Harris Mews celebrate VE/VJ Anniversary

Harris Mews residents celebrated the VE / VJ Annisversary with a street party in glorious sunshine last Sunday. The loyal toast was proposed by Malcolm Coulter, Chairman Harris Mews Management and the address was given by Bill Leech.

Scarecrow Festival

The Kingswood and Lapworth Women's Institute is holding a Scarecrow festival in the village of Lapworth on September 10/11th from 2pm to 6pm.

Pick up a map for £2.00 at the Lapworth Village hall and tour the village by car to judge for yourself the best scarecrow out of 40, returning to the village hall to register your vote and have a cream tea for £2.50 .

There will be a raffle and a produce stall at the hall and music will be perfomed by Stan Smith. Make it a family afternoon and join in the fun. All proceeds will go to village amenities.


Johnsons have won a major contract to work for Premiership football club, West Bromwich Albion.

Johnsons will be responsible for transporting fans in their hundreds to all away matches for the new season which kicks off Saturday when Albion visit Manchester City.

This new business adds another big name to a rapidly expanding client portfolio that already reads like a “who’s who” of the Midlands. It includes such names as Warwickshire County Cricket Club, who Johnsons have worked with for 9 years now, several leading Banks and Building Societies plus numerous groups, clubs and associations.

Stuart Curtis, Commercial Manager for West Bromwich Albion said, “We chose Johnsons for their obvious commitment to quality and service. They also demonstrated that they have the ability to handle the transportation of large groups of people. Their back up facilities in Henley-in-Arden are impressive - and we look forward to working with them throughout the coming season.”

John Johnson added “We are delighted to be working for West Bromwich Albion, it should be an exciting season and we are really pleased to be involved.”


On July 17 2005, Jo Coulter of the High Street and Gill Ranson of Harris Mews took part and successfully completed a 5km run in Sutton Park, raising over £300 between them for Cancer Research UK.

Race for Life is the UK’s biggest women only fundraising event held annually since 1994 at 162 venues all over the country, and from that first event at Battersea Park with 680 participants raising £36,000, this year will reflect the ever increasing popularity of the Race. Cancer Research UK hopes that the 425,000 women entered in 2005 will together raise £23 million.

Although run only by women, the Race for Life is not purely to support research into women’s cancers. Nearly every single one of us has been, or will be affected by the impact of this disease on ourselves, family or friends. Jo herself underwent extensive treatment for breast cancer 5 years ago, alongside her friend Trish from Tanworth in Arden who was also running. They met whilst awaiting surgery, have continued to support each other and are now lifelong friends, both a fantastic testimony to their courage and determination to beat their illness. And beat it they did! Appropriately for them and many others like them, the theme this year was ‘Celebrating Survival’.

The morning of the Sunday Race was a brilliantly sunny one, as the whole of the previous week had been! Over 3,000 competitors arrived at Sutton Park to a carnival atmosphere of music, laughter and happy chatter, culminating in the release of thousands of blue balloons prior to the start. Some women walked, some jogged, a few ran the whole distance, and the support from spectators along the route and at the finish was overwhelming. All of us who ran bore names of people with cancer whose lives we were remembering and celebrating, some we’d lost but many who had survived, in a great part due to the increasing funding to support Cancer Research UK. The day was a hot and sticky one, but enormous fun. But most of all it was a day of hope and inspiration, and we were proud to be a part of it.

If you’d like to know more about the Race for Life, please visit their website: www.raceforlife.org


Ullenhall Gardeners expeditions

Our latest outing was held on 23rd July with the day starting quite wet as we left Henley & Ullenhall. Our first garden was Abbey House Gardens, Malmesbury, owned by Ian Pollard and his family, he and his wife quite often garden in the nude, though fortunately, not on our visit!

This is the most wonderful garden divided into several areas such as the Celtic Cross Garden which commemorates the founding of the abbey and is planted with germander, lavender and box, the upper lawn has thousands of rose bushes and yew hedges that mimics the walls of the Lady Chapel. Here is situated the stone coffin featured on “Meet the Ancestors”. There is a lovely walk down to the river and a pool where St Adhelm immersed himself “to calm the rebelliousness of his body”! A very nice tearoom and exhibition area is situated alongside the stew pond. This garden was overgrown until 1994 and it is amazing to see how much has been done since.

Our next garden was a complete contrast, Tinpenny Plants, Fiddington near Tewksbury being a very, very large garden with the most appalling soil, heavy clay with crevices almost the size of Cheddar Gorge! Elaine Horton whose garden/nursery it is manages it almost single-handed and sells many unusual plants. The garden also contains the national collection of Hellebores. Another lovely visit and all of our members in awe of how she has made such a lovely garden under the circumstances.

A very enjoyable and successful outing, especially as the sun came out. On our return journey, the coach resembled a small arboretum as members managed to purchase a few (?!) plants.

Our next meeting is on 30th August at Ullenhall Village Hall 7.30 for 8.00 p.m. The speaker is Angela Tandy on Hardy Ferns and Ivies. For more details call 01564 793903.

Henley Crime Report

This crime summary is a look at the crimes of public interest that occurred on the Henley, Snitterfield and Tanworth policing area over the last 14 days. We do not as normal practice include crimes of shoplifting, bilking, domestic violence or fraud.


Sometime before 10:21 hours on Tuesday 26th July unknown offender/s have caused damage to a double garage door on Penn Lane, Tanworth, in an unsuccessful attempt to gain entry.
Incident number 165 of 26th July refers

Between 10:00 hours and 22:45 hours on Friday 22nd July unknown offender/s have attempted to enter a secure and unattended motor vehicle in Tamworth in Arden by forcing the door handle. No entry to the vehicle was gained.
Incident number 152 of 24th July refers

Between 21:30 hours on Friday 22nd July and 08:00 hours on Saturday 23rd July unknown offender/s have stolen the rear registration plates from a vehicle parked secure and unattended on the High Street, Henley.
Incident number 0688 of 23rd July refers

Sometime between 17:00 hours on Monday 25th July and 11:00 hours on Tuesday 26th July unknown offender/s have smashed the window of a Ford Transit van parked secure and unattended in Henley Street, Henley in Arden.
Incident number 190 of 26th July refers

Between 20:30 hours on Wednesday 27th July and 16:00 hours on Thursday 28th July unknown offender/s have smashed the quarter light to gain entry to a Citroen van parked secure and unattended in St Marks Road, Ullenhall. Offender/s have moved property about inside but nothing stolen.
Incident number 398 of 28th July refers

Between 08:00 hours and 16:00 hours on Thursday 28th July unknown offender/s have gained entry to a Fiat Punto motor vehicle parked secure and unattended on Bates Lane, Tanworth by damaging the top panel of the front near side door. Offender/s have stolen the bass box from the boot area.
Incident number 490 of 28th July refers


Out Building Security
The first place that many burglars look is in the shed because they are usually of light construction and are easily forced open. Sheds also contain a ready source of tools for breaking into the house. You must try to make the burglar take more time and make more noise.
If you are unable to adequately secure them with mortice locks, use padlocks or lockable bolts. Windows should ideally be secured by window locks. If natural light in the shed is not really required, board up the window from the inside with good quality or external grade plywood and firmly fix with security screws or mushroom headed bolts through the fabric of the shed wall. The same goes for the T hinges often screwed to the surface of the shed door, replace the screws with bolts or security fixings.

Garages are also particularly vulnerable so make sure windows are fitted with locks. All doors should be lockable or secured by padlocks. Where integral doors are used for entry from the garage to the house a simple method of security for up and over doors is to drill a hole in the top channel above the wheels on the door and insert a padlock into the hole. This prevents the wheel moving above the padlock so keeping the door closed during forced entry. Even better drill a hole in each channel and use two padlocks. If there is no internal or secondary door to the garage then the up and over doors can be secured by an outer bracket and floor eyelet welded or bolted to the bottom of the door and secured by a padlock inserted into the floor eyelet. We would also recommend that the tools within the shed are property marked with either your postcode or Smartwater.

Garages are the best place to secure your car at night, if the garage is full of clutter and junk consider buying a shed to store it in and put the car in the garage, the cost of a shed is often cheaper than the excess on your car insurance policy.

If in doubt contact the Community Safety Team based at Stratford Police Station on  01789 414111 ext 4598 or 4540.

If you have any information or have witnessed the above incidents, please can you contact Alcester Police on 01789 762207.

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The Henley-in-Arden & District Royal British Legion will be holding a Parade and Drumhead Service on Sunday 14th August 2005 to celebrate the 60th Anniversary of V.J. Day. The parade, led by the Shirley Pipe Band, will leave the Memorial Hall at 10.25am and the service will be held in St. Nicholas churchyard at 11.00am. The salute on the return parade will be taken by a serving RAF Officer at the Market Cross. Tea & Coffee will be available at the Memorial Hall at the termination of the parade.

Art in Henley Society   August meeting will be a ‘Henley Treasure Hunt’ organised by Colin Fisher 01564 792715

Coffee Morning will be held at Dell Court on Saturday 24th September from 10am - 12 noon in aid of the DIGITAL MAMMOGRAPHY UNIT at Warwick Hospital. Admission 50p including tea & biscuits. There will be a bring & buy table & raffle. Please support this worthwhile cause

The Parish Council’s Footpaths Committee is organising another walk on Sunday 4th September starting at 2.00pm from the Church Hall, Beaudesert Lane. 3 walks are available and are: - For the hardy - 4.1/2 miles: intermediate - 2.1/2 miles and Children's walk - 1.1/2 miles. Why not join in and enjoy the public footpaths around the town. Do pray for a good sunny day.

First Choice Nursery School & Summer Holiday Club are held at the Church Hall, Beaudesert Lane and run on 4 days a week from 9.00am to 3.00pm The fees are very competitive and the organisation is registered through Warwickshire County Council. The Nursery School, is registered for 26 children aged 2-5yrs and prepare the children for a school environment, and the Summer Holiday Club is for children aged 2-12yrs. For further information telephone First Choice organisers on 07751 689868 for a brochure or informal chat or visit Henley website, www.henleyinarden.plus.com

Warwickshire Fire & Rescue Service If you think that you could serve your community, are over 18 years old and you live within 5 minutes of the Fire Station, have you considered becoming a part-time fire fighter? For more information contact Richard Butler 07974408977
There are still vacancies in some areas of Henley-in-Arden for NEIGHBOURHOOD WATCH Co-ordinators. If you are aware that  you are not covered in your area or are willing to be a co-ordinator. Please contact Annette Walker on 792837

Rural Housebound Service This is a partnership between Warwickshire County Council & Age Concern and is a free library service to housebound residents in rural areas of the county who *Do not have access to transport. *Do not have family or friends who can regularly exchange library books. *Are unable to visit
their local or mobile library.

Two volunteers visit homes once a month, bringing a selection of  books, talking books, music cassettes or jigsaws. If you are eligible or know of someone who might benefit, please contact Debbie Sly on 01926 851031

Business ClubTHE WARWICKSHIRE BUSINESS CLUB holds their monthly lunchtime meeting on third Thursday of each month from 11.30am to 2.15pm at the Henley Golf Club. There is a one hour networking session followed by a quality lunch and a informative speaker on a business topic.

Rotary ClubTHE ROTARY CLUB of Henley-in-Arden meets at the Golf Club on Monday evenings at 7pm.

New members are always welcome. Please call: Robin Freeman on 01789 765411 or email robinf@ribi.org

The Henley-in-Arden Bridge Club plays Duplicate Bridge of intermediate standard on Tuesday evenings at the the White Swan Hotel and usually find time for a tipple, which may or may not improve our play!!. Play commences at 7.15 promptly. There are normally 5 - 8 tables and the club does not issue master points.

For further information please contact the Secretary - Christine Whitehouse on 01564 792993.

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